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The Vampyre and Ernestus Berchtold; Or, the Modern Oedipus

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A fascinating but shadowy figure of Romanticism, John Polidori was the sensitive but fierce writer behind one of literature's most notorious characters-- the vampyre. This short story reveals the seductive figure of evil, who continues to exert a powerful influence over popular culture and who cemented Polidori's status within the Gothic tradition. This collection also mak ...more
Paperback, 264 pages
Published September 14th 2007 by Broadview Press (first published December 12th 1993)
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Cooper Renner
Jun 07, 2009 Cooper Renner rated it liked it
While "The Vampyre" is more influential than it is good, "Ernestus Berchtold" is actually quite accomplished: a tragic story set during the late 18th and early 19th century when the French armies under Napoleon were causing havoc in Europe and the Swiss and other people were fighting to remain (or become) free. Ernestus is both heroic and unwittingly tragic, a 'victim' of the fates in much the same way that Oedipus was, but without Oedipus's culpability.
Dominique Lamssies
This is quite a lovely edition of what is, unfortunantly, not very good stories. The Vampyre is one of those stories that was essential in making vampire fiction what it is today, but the horrible synthesizer music of the 80's was also necessary to make music good, doesn't mean I have to like it.

I was surprised by Ernestus Berchtold though. It's the type of story that isn't to my taste, but was quite well done was, for me, was more memorable than The Vampyr.
Isadora Wagner
Nov 09, 2012 Isadora Wagner rated it it was ok
Shelves: gothic
A wandering and confused tale for the first half. Best for historical research on John William Polidori, author of "The Vampyre," which, through the character of Lord Ruthaven, became a prototype of the modern vampire.
Robyn
John Polidori's gothic tale depicts one of my favorite vampires. Lord Ruthven sets the stage for modern vampires, seductive, aristocratic, ruthless, and violent. Great tale!
Margaret
Oct 31, 2011 Margaret rated it it was ok
Shelves: gradschool
"The Vampyre" is more interesting for its cultural and literary echoes than for its prose. I found Ernestus Berchtold rough going.
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John William Polidori was an Italian English physician and writer, known for his associations with the Romantic movement and credited by some as the creator of the vampire genre of fantasy fiction.

Polidori was the oldest son of Gaetano Polidori, an Italian political émigré scholar, and Anna Maria Pierce, a governess. He had three brothers and four sisters.

He was one of the earliest pupils at recen
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